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The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina 
Holocaust Speakers Bureau 


The Penny Daum Aldrich Annual Holocaust Essay Contest


The Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Community Foundation’s Holocaust Essay Contest is made possible by

The Penny Daum Aldrich Endowment Fund for Holocaust Remembrance.

The Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest is held annually for local high school students. The Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill are committed to promoting Holocaust awareness among young people in North Carolina, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. In sponsoring the Holocaust Essay Contest, it is our intention to inspire high school students to learn about the Holocaust and to think about the implications of it in their lives and their world.

High School students are invited to explore questions raised by the Holocaust.


This year's topic is: Understanding the Holocaust: Why is it Relevant Today?

The winners ​receive a monetary prize (1st Prize ~ $250, 2nd Prize ~ $125).  



2020 Winning Essays:

First Place: Ember Penney, "The Holocaust: A Legacy that Lives"
Second Place: Miriam Abramowitz, "Remembering Mira Kimmelman and Retelling Her Story"


​More information on essay guidelines can be found here:
https://shalomdch.org/see-how-we-help/awards-contests/holocaust-remembrance-essay-contest/


Essay Contests

The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest 


The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students and is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Scholarships are awarded to top winning essayists, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. Second and Third Place winners receive cash prizes of $500 and $250. See the Holocaust Remembrance Project website for more information.




If you have information on regional or national essay contests

relevant to our mission, please contact Sharon Halperin at: sharonhalperin88@gmail.com .​